The referee signals a direct free-kick by using an arm and
hand to clearly indicate the direction of the free-kick. A DIRECT
FREE-KICK is awarded when a player intentionally commits (or
possibly attempts to commit) any of the following fouls. A direct
free-kick awarded to the attacking team within the defending team's penalty
area shall be played as a penalty-kick.
1. Kicks an opponent.
2. Trips an opponent.
3. Jumps at an opponent.
4. Charges an opponent in a violent manner.
5. Charges an opponent from behind (UNLESS the opponent is obstructing).
6. Strikes or spits at an opponent (player also receives Red Card).
7. Holds an opponent.
8. Pushes an opponent.
9. Hands the ball (goalkeeper excepted within his own penalty area)
The referee signals an indirect free-kick by raising an arm above his
head. An INDIRECT FREE-KICK may be awarded when
a player commits any of the following (intentional or not). An
indirect free-kick awarded to the attacking team within the defending team's
goal area shall be taken from the six yard line (edge of the goal area) at
the point nearest to where the foul was committed.
1. Dangerous play.
2. Charging fairly when the ball is not within playing distance.
3. Obstructing an opponent.
4. Charging the goalkeeper within his penalty area.
5. As goalkeeper in his own penalty area, violates the "unlimited steps,
six-second rule", hands the ball improperly, or deliberately wastes
6. Receives a Yellow Card or otherwise infringes certain laws of the game.
When a free-kick is taken,
1. The ball must be stationary.
2. The opponents may be required to stay 10 yards away (with certain
3. The kicker shall not play the ball a second time, until it has been
touched by another player (in some situations it must also leave the penalty
A YELLOW CARD is caution to the player that his actions are
unacceptable. In Alabama,
several Yellows in a season may cause the player to be suspended for a
match. A Yellow may be awarded if a player:
1. Enters or leaves the field without the permission
of the referee.
2. Repeatedly breaks the rules.
3. Shows any dissent from any referee decision, on or off of the field.
4. Is guilty of ungentlemanly conduct, on or off of the field.
A RED CARD is a serious penalty to the player and his
team. The player must leave the match and the team may not fill
that position. The player must also set out the next match. In Alabama,
for some fouls it is mandatory the player set out several games.
Violent actions directed at the referee have caused players to be suspended
for a season and more. A Red Card may be awarded if a
player, on or off of the field:
1. Is guilty of violent conduct.
2. Is guilty of serious foul play.
3. Uses foul or abusive language.
4. Would otherwise be awarded a second Yellow Card in the same
The ball is in play always, except when
1. the ball has left the field and completely crossed over the
2. the referee stops the game (blows his whistle).